Musica Universalis + Eternal Equations of Love
Anne Marie Deacy | Eimear Murphy
Curated by Lindsay Merlihan & Méabh Noonan
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Image: Anne Marie Deacy, ‘Copper Cosmos’, photographed by Rachel Doolin.
126 Artist-Run Gallery proudly presents Musica Universalis + Eternal Equations of Love, an exhibition of immersive sound structures and participatory sculpture activated by frequencies of planetary bodies and human touch.
Rooted in themes of healing and care, artists Anne Marie Deacy and Eimear Murphy explore sound and tactile exchange as a method in recalibrating a broken humanity. Organic sculptures and sonic monuments convey a sense of linking the deep earth and cosmological realms through human embodiment. The artists’ use of copper, steel, wood, charcoal and handmade paper help us understand the transformational process of affective labour and relational exchange.
Anne Marie Deacy
Anne Marie Deacy is a sound artist and field recordist, based in Co.Galway. She is interested in the creation of work that challenges our auditory perception, activating our senses and creating sonic dialogues that enable us to experience sound and our environment in different ways.
Her sculptural work has led to her current research into the materiality of resonance and philosophies on vibration at the National Sculpture Factory in Cork. This residency has led to new work being made which will be showcased at 126 Gallery as part of the GIAF23. She is currently also on residency with The Guesthouse Project, Cork until Dec 23.
Her practice has been informed over the years by her engagement with many leading practitioners, including Christina Kubisch, Jana Winderen, Ernst Karel, Chris Watson, Beatriz Ferreyra and Mark Fell.
She is a collaborating artist with Joanna McGlynn as part of The Ecoshowboat Project, steered by artist duo Anne Cleary & Denis Connolly as they navigate the waters of Ireland. In spring she was selected to exhibit as part of Audioblast festival, Nantes, France. Other transmission work was selected and transmitted in 2022 from the CCA in Glasgow as part of yearly sound art festival Radiophrenia, along with also being exhibited as part of Catalsyt Arts – Belfast’s Audio Tracks open call.
Anne Marie has most recently collaborated with Rachel Doolin as part of the group exhibition Holdings, curated by Belinda Quirke in Solstice Arts Centre, Navan.
Her current award from the Galway County Arts Office has led to funding for a toolkit/publication which will be launched in late autumn 2023.
Visual artist Eimear Murphy investigates the exchange of care energy between human beings, offering new formulas to quantify this transformative process. Reflecting on the theory of heat death which states that the universe will be in an eternally restful state when there is no longer heat energy to be exploited, she offers new formulas based on the elemental power of love. How can we express and therefore value this quintessentially human experience? What if love was the capital we quantified?
Eimear recently graduated from MA Arts & Learning Goldsmiths, London (2022) and BA Fine Art NCAD, Dublin (2015). In 2017 she completed a landmark sculptural commission for Dublin Port Company and was awarded The Arts Council of Ireland’s Next Generation Artist Award 2018.
Recent exhibitions include Lace Paint Hair, The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin (2020) and Less Stress More Success, Kilkenny Arts Office, Ireland (2020). Eimear’s works are held in the Collection of the Arts Council of Ireland, The Office of Public Works and Dublin Port Company. Eimear’s practice is supported by the Arts Council of Irelands YPCE 2022.